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EBgaming expo Australia’s answer to E3 sort of…

As promised I am writing about this weekends EBgaming expo.  For those who don’t know EB stands for Electronic Boutique Games, this is a gaming store with many located all around Australia.  They then decided to shorten the name because everyone kept saying EB was easier to say.  So it became known to everyone as EB.  Anyway on with the show.  I had a 3 day gamer pass and I could come and go as I pleased which was awesome.  I also chose to cosplay for the event because I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I did Lollipop Chainsaw Juliet Starling with her chainsaw.

  Sorry for not smiling but this was by the end of the night.  I was exhausted 9+ hrs!

Anyway I got in and thought wow where do I start?  There were massive lines for almost everything!  There was a Nintendo Booth, Two Just Dance 4 places with dance floors that lit up.  Sega had their own booth as well unfortunately the only thing they were show casing was Sonic Karting so that was a bit of a disappointment.  Skylanders had their own booth, Epic Mickey 2 had it’s own booth, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Medal of Honor, Zombie U, Playstation, Xbox, all had their own booths, we even had a home grown section!   The most exciting thing for me to play whilst I was there was ZombiU for the WiiU.  And this is how we played it:

 

The zombiU bus entrance you had to line up around the corner to get in, thus not seeing the zombie under the bus.

 

 

 

A mechanical zombie that slides inside and pops out from under the bus.  Unfortunately this scared a lot of children.  It scared me as well as I didn’t realize it was there! They should have put a warning sign up for all!

 

 

 

 

 

The downfall with this was there were only three gaming consoles meaning two people per console and that would be one watching whilst the other played or swapping halfway through.  I waited in line for over 1 and 1/2 hours with only 6 people in front of me to play the game.  Ironically I could have waited for later that night and played to my hearts content as there was no-one around.  The graphics aren’t spectacular but the controls are breathtaking.  Using the controller as a guide to look around corners or get hints, using it to take out weapons as well as numerous other things.  I love the fact that if you die, you wake up as somebody new and you have to go find your old self and basically kill them to regain all your items.  There is no health bar in this game, it’s once you are bitten game over.  The other particularly lovely thing about this game is it stays true to zombie lore.  The only way to kill a zombie is head shots whether that be hacking or a bullet to the brain.

The next game I played was Medal of Honor I only waited in line for 10 minutes for this game.  Since I was a single player.  The game play was fun but after a while all these war games start to look the same.  The terrain is the only difference.  You can still through grenades, still pick up weapons.  I didn’t bother watching the storyline as the gameplay is limited up to 15 minutes so everyone gets a chance to play.

I went over to the borderlands 2 booth even though I have the game already to meet the lovely Lilith (well the lady whom they modeled her on, yep she is an aussie!)

Yasemin is her name I will let these guys tell you all about her: http://www.co-optimus.com/article/7539/borderlands-2-live-action-lilith-revealed-new-footage-too.html

We just found it hysterical that she actually works for EB!  Anyway on with the show I then walked over to the Just Dance 4 booth and got roped into playing the game about 6 times since they couldn’t get other gamers to play.  And here is a link to us dancing, we didn’t pick the song unfortunately: Kit Fisto is my star wars buddy, we have no idea who the random kid is or who was in the rabbid rabbit suit, one of the EBexpo staff no doubt we just couldn’t find out who.  Sorry for the horrid dancing: I didn’t want to get hit in the head by Kit!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnKgOowoybg&list=UUqpZ1RdTWlWuiCR-HiTIexQ&index=1&feature=plcp

The rest of the time was spent getting interviewed by so many different people, getting photos taken for stores like WB who promote Lollipop Chainsaw and for general cosplayers.  This happened for the whole 3 days.  On the third day I went as Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars the Clone Wars.  Ignore the fact that the headpiece is blah I am in the process of getting a latex one.  I haven’t seen a pic of me yet.  Anyway I scored heaps of freebies.  Dark Spyro and stylus pen for the DS from Skylanders Giants I had one of the quickest plays on that, as I knew kids were once again lining up to play.  I got a free sonic hat from the Sega store. Tones of games were being given away as well.  I got a pair of mickey ears, a diary and a pin just for completing Epic Mickey chapter 1! So many freebies going at this con it was amazing!  Anyway stay tuned for the next gaming installment coming to Australia PAX yep you heard right PAX is coming down under.  I will leave you with photos taken of mascots, cosplayers galore.

 

Project Zero also known as Fatal Frame- Not for the faint of Heart!

As I said I am a huge horror fan and this game made me love it, but it also scared the living daylights out of me.  Image

The game is set in Japan about a girl called Miku and her brother Mafuyu.  Mafuyu decides to go looking for his mentor Junsei Takamine, in the Himuro mansion and brings with him a special camera, a camera that can see the other world. It is one week later that Miku decides to investigate the Himuro mansion and what happened to her brother.  When Miku arrives at the mansion she finds no trace of Mafuyu only their mother’s old camera.  The camera obscura as it will be come to be known is your only weapon as you are now trapped in the mansion. Image Your only defense in the game.

Inside the mansion Miku decides to continue Mafayu’s investigation on the folklorist who disappeared.  The folklorist came to the mansion to document the grisly events that occurred long ago.  The folklorist finds out about a strangling ritual and before he and his team can get any further they are set upon by the spirits that were killed in the aftermath.  Every room Miku enters the story seems to get worse and worse, but Miku continues on in the hope to find her brother.

As I said this game scared me and I don’t scare easily! There is no music in this game it just has ambiance which adds to the scary atmosphere.  Something else I didn’t realize whilst playing this game was the A .I. in it.  I had run the rope hallways dozen of times, even millions as you have to go back and forth into different rooms some will be locked by puzzles.  Anyway as I was running down the rope hallway the ropes suddenly grabbed Miku and started to choke her!  That was the first and last time I played this game alone!  I would later come to realize that the camera obscura could be upgraded to fight off these demons and ghosts better.

I actually went searching on the net for a Himuro/Himaro/Himara mansion as this was supposedly based on a true story but couldn’t find anything.  I also asked friends who are based in Tokyo, there is a story about a haunted house on the outskirts of Tokyo which this could have been based on.

 

The controllers are a little difficult at first and trying to get the ghost in frame and at the right position when they fade in and out is annoying, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty awesome.  I only kept playing because I wanted more knowledge on what was going on in the Himuro mansion and let me tell you it’s very, very, very unpleasant!  I also wanted to find out what happened to Mafayu but by going on what happened in the first couple of opening sequences the player can already guess what has happened.  The only thing remains: Will you survive?

Gamer rating: 9/10

Happy Fall everyone =)

 

EBexpo October 5th, 6th and 7th in Australia

Like E3 this is the biggest gaming event in Australia.  And I will be there to cover the news, the games and the cosplaying!  I will be cosplaying myself as Juliet Starling from Lollipop Chainsaw and Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars the Clone Wars. I also thought what better way than to take pics on something gaming related and that is my DSi!